We may not be the healthiest state in the nation….yet, but Arizona did just crack the top 10 in an important national health survey. The 2016 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranks our state 8th in physical health and 9th in overall well-being.
Infographics on ArizonaFuture.org show that our state meets or beats the national average in several key well-being metrics.
These all relate to the physical health aspect of the well-being index. There are five metrics in all.
- physical rank
- social rank
- financial rank
- community rank, and
- purpose rank
Arizona scored lowest in financial rank finishing 23rd nationally.
The report also ranked the well-being of major metropolitan areas around the country.
Tucson ranks 68th
Metro Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale is 80th
Prescott is 166th
Lake Havasu City-Kingman ranks 185th
Perhaps the most encouraging news from the report is that our state made one of the biggest jumps in the overall rankings. The graph below, courtesy of the Gallup-Healthways report, shows we climbed 11 spots this year….one of only five states to see a double digit increase.
The top state in the overall ranking was Hawaii – a title it has held five times since 2008. As you can see below, western and southwestern states dominate the top 10.
Share your thoughts on our state’s lofty ranking and whether you believe it is a step in the right direction as we continue to look for new ways to drive better health. Because we know the healthier Arizonans are, the closer we move toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!